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By Jove! This is swinging!
on 25 July 2011
Whether it's a blues or be-bop standard, these cats play some mean and swinging mainstream jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, in a sense, sounds younger than he did in his hay-day,
in another sense he sounds older than ever, belonging to the previous generation of players, very much concerned with bending them notes in a blue growl... It is, of course, the concept of teaming (one of the greatest living) swing pianist (The Count), who happens to be heavily blues - oriented, with the great be-bop trumpeter,
who inherited quite a lot from previous generations of players (including sense of musical humor)...
This rock-solid quartet gives Dizzy in one of the better performances I've heard him do in the 70s, whereas Basie was still going quite strong at that time (as a rule, pianists age better than brass players)... With the versatile Ray Brown and Mickey Roker anchoring the quartet, no wonder this all turned out so great...
The deapth of the understanding these guys have for each other is not surprising; Ray Brown, for instance, played extensively with THE mainstream pianist - Oscar Peterson, placed firmly between swing and modern jazz, but before that he was one of the explorers who were building be-bop around Bird and Dizzy...
For me, this is what jazz should sound like.